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CHILE – Visa Exemption for Certain Chinese Nationals

, 21/11/2015

Chinese nationals holding Canadian or US visas valid for a minimum of six months are now exempt from the requirement to obtain a consular tourist visa to enter Chile. Instead, they can obtain a tourist visa at the port of arrival in Chile.

Chinese nationals who do not have Canadian or US visas can still obtain a tourist visa for Chile from their consulate abroad, and the normal visa fee will be waived.

What is the impact?

Visa-required nationals, such as Chinese nationals, sent on assignment or locally hired to work in Chile usually submit a work visa application at a Chilean consulate abroad, which requires the submission of legalized documents, but allows them to start work on entry.

Alternatively, they can obtain a tourist visa at the consulate abroad, enter Chile and obtain a short-term work permit for tourists in one day which allows them to work while their post-arrival work visa is being processed.

Chinese nationals holding Canadian or US visas valid for a minimum of six months are now able to enter the country more quickly, by obtaining a tourist visa at the port of entry instead of at a Chilean consulate, and can then apply for the short-term work permit for tourists and the post-arrival work visa as usual.

Action Items

  • Companies considering sending Chinese nationals to Chile for work should check the applicant’s US and Canadian visa status to ascertain whether a consular visa application can be avoided.